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Tony Bates and Tami Reller are next to go

Change is the key word for Microsoft lately as it shakes up the executive ranks all the way up to CEO. Now, two more execs are reportedly leaving the company.

According to Fox Business, Tony Bates and Tami Reller are next to leave the company. Bates is the former Skype CEO in charge of Microsoft's business development and Reller is the co-head of Microsoft's Windows unit.

Bates is expected to leave the company immediately and for unknown reasons. Eric Rudder, head of advanced strategy, will temporarily take over Bates' duties until a permanent replacement is found. 

Reller, on the other hand, will stick around at Microsoft for a little longer to help out with the transition.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is due to publicly announce the changes tomorrow, but has already sent out an internal memo to Microsoft employees regarding the shake-up last Friday.

Steve Ballmer and Tony Bates [SOURCE:]

Microsoft has seen many changes recently in the wake of a major restructuring process within the tech company. A major switch was former CEO Steve Ballmer's retirement and the appointment of Microsoft exec Satya Nadella, which occurred in late January. 

In addition to Nadella's new appointment, it was confirmed that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates would be spending more time at the company once again as Founder and Technology Advisor. He stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Directors at that time. 

Just a week ago, it was announced that Julie Larson-Green -- head of Microsoft's Devices and Studios Group who recently led Microsoft hardware development -- will become chief experience officer for the company’s Applications and Services Group. This means that Larson-Green will work with products like Bing, Office and Skype. 

Tami Reller [SOURCE:]
The Devices & Studios Group will be taken over by Stephen Elop, who is the former CEO of Nokia. Elop will take on this role as soon as Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia is complete (which should happen this quarter). 

The Fox Business report added that Mark Penn, who was an executive vice president at Microsoft overseeing advertising and strategy, will become chief strategy officer. 

The company continues with a restructuring process that was announced last year. The main goal behind the restructuring is unifying Xbox, Windows Phone and PC units, which shows that devices and services are the center focus. 

Source: Fox Business

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By Lazarus52980 on 3/3/2014 6:29:06 PM , Rating: 2
Let me start by saying I am a big Microsoft Fanboy. That having been said, are we seeing a restructuring, or is this a sign of the top brass jumping ship?

I hope very much that it is the former.

By sgestwicki on 3/3/2014 6:51:30 PM , Rating: 1
I am seeing this as a bad thing because of how much change is happening all at once.

By Da W on 3/4/2014 8:43:36 AM , Rating: 1
Well, they all failled.
Windows 8
Windows phone
Xbox one
Skype for windows is nowhere as ubiquitous as it should be.

You fail, you go, we'll try with somebody else.

By Scrogneugneu on 3/3/2014 7:17:27 PM , Rating: 2
Whenever a company has names for divisions that don't make any sense ("Devices & Studios Group"? Really?), I get the feeling that they're headed nowhere. It usually leads up to another restructuring and name change.

Kind of like any Microsoft product naming for the last decade or so, in fact.

By inighthawki on 3/3/2014 8:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft has a group of buildings on their campus called the studio buildings (named Studio A, Studio B, etc) where the name is likely derived from. They probably have close relations to things like Surface and Xbox.

By name99 on 3/5/2014 6:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
IMHO this is not a good sign. It shows a truly scary level of inbreeding at Microsoft.

Does the rest of the world gives a damn how Microsoft names their building or where they are laid out? If MS thinks it's a good idea to name their divisions based on some sort of invoke that means nothing to anyone else, it shows that they STILL don't get that they are no longer the center of the computing universe, and that they need to adjust to this new reality.

What would you think if Apple renamed its divisions: Bandley, Infinite Loop, and Valley Green? Would you think "Cute" or would you think "OMG, that is the most insane thing I have ever come across"?

By MrBlastman on 3/6/2014 11:53:25 AM , Rating: 2
Well what pisses me off is Green is still around. She's one of the poisons in the company yet, as I feared, the new CEO is making weirdo decisions.

By atechfan on 3/3/2014 7:45:37 PM , Rating: 2
Bates wanted the CEO job. I think not getting it was likely the reason he is leaving.

By name99 on 3/5/2014 6:06:23 PM , Rating: 2
Or (god I hope so) the rest of MS is so pissed off at how he has destroyed Skype that they god rid of him before it becomes worthless.

Up to about six months ago Skype was a truly awesome product --- great sound, incredible video quality at low bandwidths, great functionality. Since then

- the sound quality has gone to hell in a hand basket. It doesn't matter whether you're calling in the same city or across the world, either way you get dropped packets very second, and every third word is impossible to make out.

- there is something TERRIBLY wrong with the iOS client (and maybe also the Android and WP8 clients) whereby they use insane amounts of data (like 2MB or more a day) doing absolutely nothing, even without a single connection occurring.

If MS was trying to help Apple out by moving everyone who CAN onto FaceTime, well, mission accomplished guys!

By vision33r on 3/9/2014 4:31:15 PM , Rating: 2
That's always been MS tactics by buying the market leader and then forcing other platforms to endure lower quality support in favor of Windows. MS Office sucked on OSX until recently but still not good enough to replace Windows MS Office. They know if they made MS Office 100% the same on OSX people would start moving to OSX.

By atechfan on 3/3/2014 9:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
And what have you accomplished?

By inighthawki on 3/3/2014 11:02:41 PM , Rating: 2
He's convinced me with his last, completely unnecessary and irrelevant statement that he is in fact quite racist.

By retrospooty on 3/4/2014 7:40:28 AM , Rating: 3
What does being indian have to do with being a good CEO or not. As for the CEO part, lets give him a chance and see what direction he goes with it... As for the indian part, just STFU and keep your racist crap to yourself, and please DONT breed.

By amanojaku on 3/3/2014 11:01:27 PM , Rating: 3
According to Kara Swisher of re/code, Mrs. Reller is leaving due to conflicts with Mark Penn. Apparently, Penn has a history of being... difficult.

Mr. Bates is probably looking for a CEO job. He's made it clear in the past that he likes to be CEO. It's also clear that Silicon Valley likes him. He hasn't picked anything, yet, but he has had offers.

By Arsynic on 3/4/2014 10:27:18 AM , Rating: 2
Bates had the itch for a while and it was widely expected that he would jump ship if he didn't get the CEO gig.

Tami Reller's situation was a bit more strange after the "One Microsoft" policy implementation. There were two marketing chiefs which seems like they were fighting for the position.

RE: Begining of the end, or the end of the begining?
By RU482 on 3/4/2014 5:44:16 PM , Rating: 2
poor quality???

unappealing maybe, but I'd say quality is pretty damn good at MS these days

By name99 on 3/5/2014 6:16:25 PM , Rating: 2
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There are many ways to be "poor quality".
Bugs is one, but absolute lack of interest in any sort of unified UI is another.
There are parts of the Windows UI that have not been updated since Win95 and MS appears to have zero interest in ever fixing this.

You see this sort of thing all over the place. Data that is displayed with no attempt to dynamically size the display field to avoid the data being cutoff. Large numbers that are displayed with no attempt to use guides (like a comma for every three digits) to help the eye get a quick feeling for the magnitude of the number. Just a general lack of interest in polish and consistency.

By Oravendi on 3/6/2014 11:37:35 AM , Rating: 1
The egos at Microsoft are unreal. Its past time to clean house. The designers who went along with Windows 8 should go also. There was no way Microsoft could charge for a tablet OS like they could for a desktop OS. To make their desktop OS more difficult to use just to support tablets was incredibly poor judgement.

Bates leaving MS ...
By fteoath64 on 3/4/2014 12:52:57 AM , Rating: 2
Bates leaving is a good thing since he is really too good for MS. The amount of effort he needs to put in to change MS is not worth his while or money, I suspect. Hence, a candidate chosen to maintain the statusquo.
He needs to run a mobile software related company to make a serious impact to the services.

Same sideway moves
By vision33r on 3/9/2014 4:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
MS didn't add any new blood, all the did was an internal re-org. Starting with the new CEO who has been with MS forever and that is not a breath of fresh air.

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